Farewell to Run With The Hunted

With great sadness we have to face the fact Run With The Hunted is no more. After hundreds of shows all around the globe and two albums that will certainly be remembered (the latest one reviewed on DIYconspiracy here) we say goodbye and wait for whatever new those outstanding musicians will decide to transform their energy and ideology into. The rest on the subject you can read from the band members themselves. Remember Run With The Hunted and catch them on their farewell tour if you can! For the past seven years, Run With The Hunted have kept the spirit of heartfelt hardcore punk alive for the latest generation of passionate kids, who are non-complacent with mainstream ideas and way of living. Still a young band in 2010 we’ve conducted a lengthy interview with Run With The Hunted about their music and politics, we think their message is still relevant today and will strike a chord in anyone who had experienced their live shows or is listening to their records. You can read the announcement concerning their band’s breaking up and information about their farewell tour taken by singer’s Drew Willkinson personal social network’s profile and Run With The Hunted’s web page.

Most of you are probably aware by now but my band Run with the Hunted is breaking up soon. I’ve been struggling to find the words to express how I feel for days and I’m just literally at a loss. I’ve spent a lot of time alone lately reflecting, grieving and trying to come to terms with this profound loss. I know this is the right thing to do and the right time to do it – there is no bad blood or drama. It’s just time to be done. Nothing lasts forever and a hardcore band is no exception. 7 years with the original 5 members is a testament in and of itself to the bond we share, to the importance of this band to us both collectively and individually. And this journey could only have been what it was because of who I traveled it with: my bandmates, my family: Jason, Jonathan, Ian and Matt.

When I look back on the last 7 years of my life, I can’t believe how far I’ve come, or more accurately, how far this band has taken me. I’ve grown immensely as a person and truly believe I found myself through the process of writing, performing, and sharing myself with all of you. Cathartic barely begins to describe it.

I’ve traveled across the world and seen things I never could have imagined but most importantly, I shared the experience with people who changed my life forever. Many of you reading this wouldn’t be doing so if it weren’t for Run with the Hunted. It has been the bridge that brought us together. And even though this chapter of my life is ending, I take great comfort and happiness in knowing that those bridges will remain in place long after this band plays it’s final notes. Of all the innumerable joys this band has brought into my life, surely there is none greater than you, my friends, my family, the people I love.

If I’ve learned anything through all of this, it is the importance of ideas. Ideas matter – a lot. An idea can change the way you think, the way you behave and ultimately who you are as a person. Ideas can bring people together across vast distances and seemingly impassable cultural barriers. I started this band with a few ideas and never could have imagined how far that would take me. People will try to tell you what to think and what to believe your entire life – don’t let them. Nothing is more important than your agency, your choice, your ability to decide for yourself what matters and why. The moment you relinquish that to a “higher power” or to “authority” is the moment you voluntarily surrender the only freedom you ever really had. Ideas are the most powerful thing in the world. Hold onto them.

If RWTH ever inspired you, or gave you an idea, please, do something with it. There aren’t enough bands in punk/hardcore with ideas anymore. This scene is severely lacking in substance and all it takes to change that is you starting your own band, writing your own zine, booking a show or engaging in a dialogue with someone you disagree with. If RWTH leaves any kind of legacy behind, I hope it is to have inspired others to share their ideas.

I just wanted to take a moment to say thank you to all of you directly: even though we may not talk regularly or see each other often enough, you’ve played a priceless role in my growth as a person and I want you to know it means the world to me. Thank you, to all of you, for making this band what it was and for making me who I’ve become. That is a lasting legacy that I will carry with me until the end of my days. My heart is filled with love.

~ Drew Willkinson, vocals, Run With The Hunted

Some of you might have noticed that this will be a farewell tour for us. After 7 years, 4 albums, 2 continents, thousands of miles, a million laughs and a few blown tires along the way, the 5 of us are ready to move onto other things. Run with the Hunted has been, and will probably continue to be, the most important thing we have done with our lives as individuals. The journey this band took us onchanged us forever and we will always be grateful to all of you who were a part of that. We can only hope that in some small way, we were able to return the favor.

The Sieve in the Sand was conceived as a final statement. Moving forward with this tour and our final shows, this will become more apparent. We can’t think of a more appropriate way to say goodbye to you all than this tour with Hollow Earth. We’ve been friends for years and they are without a doubt one of the most exciting and powerful hardcore bands to come out in a long time. We feel a little better bowing out knowing bands like this exist.

As sad as we are to say goodbye, every ending offers a new beginning. We want to pursue other areas of our lives which make writing and touring nearly impossible, at least for now. As much as we would have loved to tour far beyond the west coast, our current life situations make even that impossible. We apologize to anyone who wanted to see us again; after this tour, there will be a final show in Arizona. Details are still being worked out but when the time comes, we’ll do everything we can to make sure everyone can attend. Until then, letting go is an important lesson in and of itself and so with that in mind, we are saying goodbye now while it feels right.

The ideals that founded, shaped, inspired and changed this band – human/animal/earth liberation, equality, respect and compassion for all life, the pursuit of truth even when it’s uncomfortable and the desire to create an inclusive community founded on DIY ethics that operates outside of mainstream profit driven models will continue to be neglected, ostracized, made fun of and outright hated everywhere, even within our own little community. The need to educate people on the horrors of modern civilization while taking an honest look at the true price of progression has never been stronger. Bands come and go but ideas are forever.

From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for being a part of this with us. We have nothing but profound gratitude for the opportunity to have experienced something so powerful and transformative.

Reject Power. Destroy Hierarchy. Resist Authority. ­

~ Run with the Hunted, 2014

Run Wit The Hunted Farewell Tour / wth Hollow Earth & Exalt

11/13 – Tempe, AZ @ Fiftyonewest
11/14 – San Diego, CA @ Cafe Che
11/15 – Los Angeles, CA @ Bridgetown DIY
11/16 – Oakland, CA @
1-2-3-4 Go! Records
11/17 – Reno, NV @ The Holland Project
11/18 – Eugene, OR @ The Boreal
11/19 – Seattle, WA @ The Black Lodge
11/20 – Spokane, WA @ The Big Dipper
11/21 – Boise, ID @ The Shredder
11/22 – SLC, UT @ Kafeneio Coffeehouse

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